I’m getting lonely working from home – is it just me?!

We often have members signing up to The Wheelhouse because they find working from home lonely. 

But is this an overall trend? What’s the data saying?  Here are the latest findings:

  • A study published in the Journal of Remote Work Dynamics in 2023 found that 62% of remote workers reported experiencing feelings of loneliness at least once a week, compared to 38% of office-based workers.
  • Research conducted by a team at Stanford University in 2024 surveyed over 2,000 individuals across various industries, found that 45% of remote workers reported feeling socially isolated, leading to higher levels of loneliness and decreased job satisfaction.
  • A longitudinal study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology in 2023 followed remote workers over a two-year period and found a significant correlation between loneliness and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
  • A demographic analysis from Harvard University in 2024 revealed that younger remote workers, particularly those aged 25-35 reported higher levels of loneliness compared to older age groups. The study suggested that factors such as limited opportunities for social interaction and lack of workplace camaraderie could contribute to heightened feelings of loneliness among younger remote workers.

It’s not just you (and me!).  We are human beings, not avatars.  We need 3D, real interaction to flourish.  Look at your diary and see how much time you are having with people face-to-face.  It’s a key to banishing the loneliness.

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